Whether you follow tech news or not, it’s likely that you would’ve heard about the high-profile hacking cases that emerged this year. The NHS and parliament were hammered by ransomware, with Equifax now in court over a breach of 143 million US consumers personal data.
Jeremy Fleming, head of GCHQ (An organisation set up to defend government systems from cyber-attacks) and ex-deputy director of MI5 told the Daily Telegraph that “Keeping the UK safe from cyber-attacks is now as important as fighting terrorism”
“We all derive great benefit from the ease and speed of connecting across the planet: access to knowledge, reduced costs of communication and commerce, and from the additional security provided by default encryption.
“It’s also true to say that hostile states, terrorists and criminals use the same features to undermine our national security, attack our interests and, increasingly, to commit crime.”
"If GCHQ is to continue to help keep the country safe, then protecting the digital homeland - keeping our citizens safe and free online - must become and remain as much part of our mission as our global intelligence reach and our round-the-clock efforts against terrorism.”
It’s not just large-scale government bodies and corporations that are at risk from cyber-attacks. Small businesses make up a large portion of hacking targets as attackers know their security is weaker. According to reports from Small Business Trends:
- 43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses.
- Only 14% of small businesses rate their ability to mitigate cyber-risks, vulnerabilities and attacks as highly effective.
- 60% of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber-attack.
- 55% of respondents said they had experienced a cyber-attack between May 2015 – 2016.
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In its first year, the NCSC tackled 600 significant cyber attacks on bodies ranging from key national institutions to large and small businesses. The WannaCry outbreak affected dozens of NS trusts, while in June email accounts were targeted in an attack on parliamentary networks.